Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body – Joseph Addison.
When Sarah from Sarah’s Chapter tagged me in this book tag, I got a little excited because I’ve never been tagged in a book tag before (keep them coming if you’re a fellow book blogger!). I love to think back to what I’ve read over the year so far; when I think of it, I’ve read books in four different countries. I’ve read so many different stories, and have tried to branch out from my usual bout of YA dystopian series – although I am reading one right now. It’s been a book rollercoaster as per usual and my love for books grow every day.
It is a little over the middle of the year, and to be honest, I have no idea how many books I’ve read so far in 2017. I never keep count when I really should try to. I’m going to take Hollie’s tip, from Hollie in Wanderlust: stick a fiver in a jar upon completion of every book. How fab is that idea?! It’s a great way to save and keep track of the number of books you’ve read.
After that waffle, let’s get into the tag!
BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017
It has to be Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I absolutely adored this book and want to read it all over again. You will have seen me go on and on and on about this book but I really do love it that much. It’s so uplifting and it really brings together a community deemed “geeky” or “not cool”, putting a spin on the “norms” of the social cliques and whatnot in high schools – and life – everywhere. For the full review, read here.
BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017
Well, I have read the first and second book of The Farseer Trilogy so far, and I definitely prefer the second book – Royal Assassin – out of the two. If you don’t know, Robin Hobb has created this fictional world that is just incredible. She’s written so. many. books. which revolve around the Six Duchies and all the complicated, beautiful – some evil – souls within it. Action. Blood. Murder. Lies. Deception. Magic. There is so much to be had, with an amazing prose. You can find my review of Royal Assassin here.
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO
I really want to read Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. It’s not a particularly new release any more, but it’s still on all the tables in the middle of Waterstones so that counts, right? It is a collection of 100 tales about extraordinary women told in a fairy tale form to appeal to young children. I’m not the intended audience but I still want it on my bookshelf.
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
Another Ashley Poston one for you! This time it is Heart of Iron which is coming out really, really soon I think! I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I believe it will be quite a different tale to her debut of Geekerella. It’s got action, adventure, romance and royalty. It is inspired by the story of Anastasia but with a sci-fi twist which will be interesting for me, because normally, I don’t do sci-fi!
It has to be Ink by Alice Broadway. I adore the cover. However, I thought that there would be so much more to the story, from elements to fantasy to the general writing. There are some good twists and turns but they don’t quite make up for the rest of the beginning of a trilogy, unfortunately. See how I discuss judging books by their covers here.
I requested a copy of For The Winner by Emily Hauser, not really knowing what to expect. I have to say that I love the entire story. It is heart-racing. It is adventurous. It puts a complete spin on a historical myth, which is something I really enjoy about historical books – putting a woman’s touch to empower female leaders of the past, such as Atalanta. Read the full review here.
FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)
I am currently reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I know: late to the party. I was a little sceptical at first; I couldn’t get into the story, and got confused about all the names and places. But now, I’m pretty much hooked – so much so that after this post has gone live, I’m reading that book for the rest of the day.
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
It’s got to be Kaz Brekker hasn’t it. He’s the hero/anti-hero (I’m not quite sure yet) of the Six of Crows. I’m just about to meet Matthias too, and I know I’m going to like him. A lot. If the narrative now lets me down about his character, I’ll be very emotional.
NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
I really love Vasya from The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. She is headstrong and brave, and unlike everyone around her in the novel. She is called a witch but doesn’t care because she knows that what she sees with her own eyes is true. Read more about Vasya here.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
It has to be The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. It is a story that has so much sadness and a feeling of hopelessness from the beginning. It is about the lepers that lived in The Philippines all those years ago, and focused on the tale of a young girl who’s mother was a leper. It is uplifting and beautiful, just as it is tragic and sad. I cried at the end with both sadness and joy, because that is how stunning this book is. Read the review here.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
Geekerella by Ashley Poston definitely put a smile on my face. It made me laugh out loud; it made me grin from ear to ear. I adore the book and urge you to get your hands on a copy ASAP!
FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION YOU SAW THIS YEAR
I haven’t seen any book adaptations this year apart from King Arthur, but as I haven’t read the book (and didn’t know it was based on a book!) I don’t count it. I am very excited, however, for the upcoming release of Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I read the book in a day and fell in love with the characters. Read the book review here.
FAVOURITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR
I love my review of Lost Boy by Christina Henry. I am a huge fan of Peter Pan and loved the twisted tale, told by a younger Captain James Hook. It is menacing, bloody, with lots of dark fun to be had. I feel like my review reflects that, and I’ve had friends saying they’re intrigued to read the story too! Read it here.
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED)
I have been waiting to get my hands on this stunning copy of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie for two years, at least! The artists and illustrators are Mina Lima. When Mum gave me it as a birthday present, I think I cried. Inside is just has beautiful, and despite not reading it just yet, it has a prized place on my bookshelf.
WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?
Short answer? Half my bookshelf is my TBR pile. More pressingly, I need to get started on Game of Thrones because I have six books, that I’ve begged for for ages, still gathering dust in their plastic. I also need to read the second book of the Six of Crows duology and the final of The Farseer Trilogy.
Apparently this is meant to be called the “Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag”; I guess I’m freaking out about the fact that it’s already August and then it’ll be Halloween, and then Christmas. Why, oh why, do the years go by so quick now? I think it’s the whole adult thing. Reading-related however, I’m not really freaking out as such. I go at my own pace and the huge TBR pile will just have to wait. I’ll get round to them eventually.
What have been your highs and lows of reading this year? Do your own book tag and let me know what your favourites have been!
Love, Faye xo